Dying to Call You (Dead-End Job Series #3)

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While making the best of her new telemarketing job, Helen Hawthorne thinks she hears a murder on the other end of the line-and must avoid a close call with a killer.

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Overview

While making the best of her new telemarketing job, Helen Hawthorne thinks she hears a murder on the other end of the line-and must avoid a close call with a killer.

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Readers of Murder Between the Covers and Shop Till You Drop know that Helen Hawthorne -- the feisty, resolute divorcee of Elaine Viet’s previous two Dead-End Job mysteries -- has been through a lot of changes. Faced with paying court-mandated alimony to her cheating stay-at-home spouse, she chose to flee the jurisdiction, abandoning her six-figure salary in favor of a series of cash-only jobs that keep her off company books…and off the radar of court officials and her ex-husband. On the lam in sunny, sizzling South Florida, Helen takes a job with a telemarketing firm, where she inadvertendly overhears a murder being committed on one of her cold calls. Soon Helen is running, not just from her unfair divorce settlement but for her very life! Sue Stone
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451213327
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: Dead-End Job Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 248,131
  • Product dimensions: 4.42 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine Viets

Elaine Viets has actually worked those dead-end jobs in her mystery novels, just like her character, Helen Hawthorne. Over the years, Elaine has been a dress store clerk, phone book proofreader, babysitter, telemarketer, bookseller, and weed puller at fifty cents a bucket.  She is also the author of the Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper series and numerous short stories. Elaine has won an Anthony Award and an Agatha Award. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with her husband, author and actor Don Crinklaw.  Please visit her blog: The Lipstick Chronicles.

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Interviews & Essays

A Letter from Helen Hawthorne

Dear Readers:

My name is Helen Hawthorne, and I'm on the run in South Florida, where it seems like I've dated every drunk, druggie, and deadbeat. Along with all the rotten men in South Florida, I've also encountered all the bad jobs. That's why the mystery series about my life is called the Dead-End Job series. I work a different minimum-wage job in every book. I've been a bookseller, I sold bustiers to bimbos, and now I'm a telemarketer.

I also go topless in this new book, Dying to Call You, but it's not what you think. When a writer sets a mystery in South Florida, there's always a naked female (it's practically a rule). She's usually a sensitive stripper who only does it to keep her toddler in heart medicine. She also falls in love (or into bed) with the hero. I only tend bar topless once in Dying to Call You, and it is to save a life and solve a murder. In my story, I go topless from a feminist perspective. I mean, it's an outdoor bar, so my goose bumps are bigger than -- well, never mind. Just read it, OK?

Dying to Call You is a pretty amazing novel. First, it's an insider's look at telemarketing, which is a very hot issue right now. Both the author, Elaine Viets, and I have worked in the telephone boiler rooms, so we can tell it like it really is.

Second, the novel covers other controversial subjects like corpse clothes (there's a real traffic in those creepy things), sex in coffins, and charity orgies. Did you know that, for years, there's been a rumor that the bigwigs in Fort Lauderdale engage in charity orgies? In Dying to Call You, I actually go to one.

Here's another good reason to read Dying to Call You. The person who tells my story, Elaine Viets, has been nominated for a phenomenal number of awards this year: Three Agathas, and a Lefty, from Left Coast Crime. She didn't win any of those, but it was an honor just the same. She said that to everyone in the hotel bar after the awards ceremony. And, she's just been nominated for three more awards. That makes seven in 2004. This time, it's a an Anthony, a Macavity, and a Barry, all of which are given out at Bouchercon, the big mystery convention. I hope she wins at least one, or she's going to be the Susan Lucci of the mystery world.

So, read Dying to Call You. I promise, it's really funny. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to my next awful job.

Sincerely,
Helen Hawthorne

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2011

    Good..until the end

    I enjoyed this book...until the ending. To see what Helen stooped to was disappointing. Then the ending was a disaster. Totally unbelievable. I am not too sure if I will continue with this series. Elaine Viets seems to be trying too hard.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    Highheeled murder

    I have thouroughly enjoyed every book of Elaine's dead end job series!!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fantastic amateur sleuth mystery

    Helen Hawthorne caught her unemployed husband having sex with their next door neighbor and in a rage she wrecked his SUV. The Judge ordered her to pay alimony because her spouse spent the last few years taking care of her and their home while she earned a six figure income. An irate Helen refuses to pay one cent so she leaves St. Louis relocating in Fort Lauderdale where she accepts dead- end jobs that pay under the table............................ Her current job is a telemarketer at Tank Titan System Cleaner where the callers who pick up curse, hang up, and general humiliate her because they think she is as a low life. During a phone survey with Hank Asparth, he places the instrument down without hanging up; thus she overhears him arguing with a woman until she realizes that he strangled her. Helen calls the police, but they find nothing suspicions. She can¿t let it go so she calls the victim¿s sister Savannah to only to learn her sibling has been missing for several days. Helen believes that Savannah¿s sister Laredo is dead and plans to learn the truth............................ DYING TO CALL YOU stars one of the liveliest audacious and entertaining heroines to grace an amateur sleuth tale. She chose to become a fugitive because she believes in justice and opts to expose herself for the same belief. From going topless to stealing from the mob, this protagonist will do whatever it takes to prove Hank killed Laredo The investigation is cleverly designed adding to the proof that Elaine Viets is a talented storyteller who keeps her readers engaged........................ Harriet Klausner

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